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Preds visit Rangers in battle between struggling clubs

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Nashville Predators try to put the brakes on a five- game losing streak on Tuesday as they finish up a brief two-game road trip against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

Nashville's woes in the month of December continued on Saturday in Washington, as the Capitals dealt them a 5-2 defeat. Roman Josi had a goal and an assist while Eric Nystrom scored the other goal for the Predators, who are 0-4-1 since blanking Columbus back on Nov. 27.

Marek Mazanec allowed all five goals on 33 shots in Saturday's setback. He is 0-4-1 with a 3.42 GAA in his last five starts.

"It's paying attention to details, it's goaltending, it's not taking advantage of chances," said Nashville head coach Barry Trotz. "I can't fault the work ethic because the guys are working hard, we're just struggling right now."

New York has been equally woeful of late and comes into Tuesday's tilt having dropped three in a row at MSG following a lifeless, 4-1, loss to the Capitals on Sunday.

They've lost three of four overall, allowing at least four goals in each defeat. They haven't lost four straight at Madison Square Garden since Feb. 20-March 3, 2011.

"You dig yourself into these situations, sometimes it's going to take some time or it's going to take something to get you out of it," Brad Richards said. "We're going to have to get a little uncomfortable here and get out of our comfort zone.

"We are just floating along, and it's getting old."

Henrik Lundqvist had 32 saves for the Rangers, who have lost two straight to begin their franchise-record nine-game homestand, including Saturday's defeat to the New Jersey Devils in overtime.

"In all aspects of our game we have to get better," said Rangers forward Ryan Callahan.

Benoit Pouliot netted New York's only goal in the loss, which prompted a the second player's only meeting in less than a week for the Rangers, who are 6-7-1 in the last 14.

"You can talk all you want; you have to have those words become actions on the ice and the right kind of actions," Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault said."You can talk all you want behind closed doors, but it's the 200-by-85 that games are decided."

To make matters worse for New York, defenseman Marc Staal missed Sunday's loss and will likely sit out Tuesday's contest as well with concussion-like symptoms after taking a hit from Devils' Reid Boucher.

Staal, of course, sat out the first 37 games of the 2011-12 season due to symptoms from a concussion sustained on Feb. 22, 2011, on a hit by his brother, Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal. Then last season, he played only 21 of 48 regular season games and one playoff game due to a career- threatening eye injury from a puck to the face on March 5 against the Flyers.

"Obviously with his history, we're taking every precaution," Vigneault said before Sunday's game.

The Rangers blanked Nashville back on Nov. 23 and have won each of their last three games against the Predators, out-scoring Nashville, 7-1, during the stretch. The Blueshirts have also won five of the last seven contests against the Predators.

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Scoreboard
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Final
CHR 2
DUR 9
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
CHI
 
7:05pm Tonight
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NOR
 
7:05pm Tuesday
PHI 0
ATL 0
7:05pm Tuesday
NYY 0
CHC 0
7:05pm Tuesday
BAL 0
TAM 0
7:08pm Tuesday
DET 0
CLE 0
Final
CIN 7
PIT 5
Final
MIA 11
WAS 2
Final
TEX 5
SEA 0
Final
CWS 2
BOS 1
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HOU 2
KAN 4
Final
MIL 1
STL 6
Final
MIN 3
TOR 9
Final
ARI 0
NYM 9
Final
ANA 9
OAK 10
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SDP 2
COL 3
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LOS 2
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NYK 109
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DUR 9
 
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